Lennon "really disappointed" as Celtic January break in doubt
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that he has no idea whether the Hoops will be able to go on their week-long training camp next month.
In recent years, Celtic have used trips to Dubai to re-energise. It’s led to the club continuing their 10-in-a-row charge. Many will be looking for it to finish the historic achievement off this season.
The trip was scheduled to happen after January’s game against Rangers at Ibrox. Provided we secured another three points in Govan, a trip to Dubai could be exactly what is needed to turn things around.
But Lennon has now admitted that he isn’t sure whether the club can even go. This comes after Scotland was plunged into a three-week lockdown after Christmas Day.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Lennon said: “We will have to go with the guidelines and whatever protocols are set in place. We don’t know whether we are able to go or not. It’s like everything else during this pandemic and we will just have to take it week by week.
“It’s really disappointing. We felt, or at least we were hoping, in the summer that by this time everything would be back to normal. Obviously that’s not the case. If anything it’s getting even more restricted.
“We just have to see where we go from week to week with it.”
Celtic need to make it work regardless
It would be a bit of a blow for the squad if they couldn’t make their annual trip. But if they can’t – hey ho. Lennon and everyone else at the club will need to get on with it.
The truth is that it shouldn’t take a luxurious trip to Dubai to get us going. They can refresh at home if necessary. It’s not as if performances this season particularly merit a week away on a glorified holiday anyway.
It’s not as if many of our other Premiership rivals are heading away anywhere either. It shouldn’t have a detrimental effect staying home and resting up in Glasgow. If only the rest of us could go to Dubai and recharge every January.
In fairness, there are going to be plenty of games coming up after Ibrox too. The next international break won’t take place until March. Celtic will have both Premiership and Scottish Cup fixtures to play – including three games in-hand over Rangers to fit in.
Whatever the government’s guidelines are as we close in on the New Year. it’s difficult to see them allowing Celtic to leave. It’s not an essential journey. And it also can’t be considered work either. Not a bit of warm weather training when we can alternatively just train at home.
We’ll see what happens, but don’t be surprised if this gets cancelled.